Feb 27 2012
Teenage diving star Tom Daley believes his public feud with Alexei Evangulov has been resolved after meeting the Russian coach last Friday.
Daley's commitment to his Olympic dream has been questioned by British Swimming officials, most notably performance director Evangulov who likened him to Russian former tennis player Anna Kournikova - whose on-court achievements were famously mis-matched with her off-court profile - during last week's FINA World Cup in London.
"Following a meeting between British Swimming, my coaching team and my team at Professional Sports Group on Friday, I am glad that we have addressed some important issues, discovered some new ones and that we are all fully committed to the same goal," said a statement released Press Association on behalf of Daley.
Following Evangulov's comments a meeting took place between Daley, Evangulov, British Swimming and the teenager's management company the Professional Sports Group.
The statement also added that Daley believes Evangulov is "one of the best performance directors in the world" and that he had "a lot more to learn from him".
Before last week's comments Evangulov had already warned Daley's media commitments were jeopardising his hopes of an Olympic medal and that his Chinese rivals "trained three times harder".
They were comments British Swimming chief David Sparked said he "100%" agreed with at the weekend, to prompt Daley's management to clarify the situation. The statement also claimed Evangulov had approved all of Daley's media commitments and that they had not impacted on his training ahead of this summer's Olympics.
The statement added: "I am aware of the media debate regarding my commercial work. Alexei has had full approval over everything that I have done in terms of my commercial work since 2011.
"He is entitled to his opinions and of course I listen to them. He is one of the best performance directors in the world and I still have a lot more to learn from him. I respect the bottom line that he wants me to be successful. We share the same goals.
"We have readdressed some important issues regarding media work and interaction with fans, particularly when on duty for British Swimming or undertaking public appearances. Twitter and Facebook is fun. It is my generation. It has never taken up any training or performance time and does nothing to impact my overall commitment."